In the last set of jobs figures before the election, Statistics New Zealand has reported surprisingly weak jobs growth and still-subdued wage growth in the June quarter.
Bill English did his weekly round of media interviews this morning and stopped short of a full condemnation of Donald Trump's ban on refugees and migrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries. He said on RNZ he disagreed with the policy, but declined to call it racist, saying it was not for him to defend the policy.
The machinery of Government is still grinding back to life after the summer break and a succession of provincial and national holidays to set to disrupt the flow in the next week or two.
I'd recommend everyone who is interested in our housing market, our economy and our society read Bryan Perry's 252 page report on "Household Incomes in New Zealand: trends in indicators of inequality and hardship 1982 to 2015", which was published yesterday.
John Key and Bill English downplayed Statistics New Zealand figures published yesterday showing an increasing concentration of wealth in the hands of the top 10%.